THE MAGELLAN PROJECT

In January 2013 Geza and Andre Scholtz made history by being the first to navigate the 560 km Magellan strait from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean on kiteboards. The intention of this expedition was not only to set a world record but to push the sport to a new level, “Expeditional kiteboarding”.

 

THE CHALLENGE:

It was a coast to coast ride nobody dared before. And why is that? Extreme winds, cold temperatures and constant bad visibility were promising factors for a savage ride in unpredictable weather conditions. A combination of rough, remote but spectacular terrain and extreme sports made this adventure unique. A further challenge was the documentation of the trip. The cameraman were pushed to their limits in the harsh and perilous conditions. The Strait of Magellan comprises a navigable sea route immediately south of mainland South America and north of Tierra del Fuego. The waterway is the most important natural passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but is considered as one of the most difficult and dangerous route to navigate. The unpredictable winds, currents and temperatures below zero made this 560 km stretch of water excitingly challenging. The Strait is named after Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese sailor who navigated the strait in 1520 during the first global circumnavigation voyage ever.